Prep 2 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 10 October 2014

Highlights of the week

As always it has been another exciting week in prep 2. We have revisited the history component of our IPC unit to look at sequencing. We have been able to directly relate this to our trip to the LTA, looking at transport of our host country from the past, present and the future.

In Mathematics, we have continued to explore the concept of time, days of the week and months of the year. We have looked at the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow which has tied in nicely with the History Key Learning Goal; To be able to order events and objects into sequence.

In Language Arts, we have started looking at the 'How to' Genre. The purpose of the this genre is to describe how to do something, not necessarily what it is or why it works. There was no better way to start this new genre than with a very hands on, yummy activity of ... Making Sandwiches. Using butter, jam and vegemite we made delicious sandwiches and ate them. We also managed to write some amazing instructional writing about it.

After a very busy week last week, the children have been practising peacefulness through quiet dear time and small group activities, using their learning voices.

Virtue of the week

This week we have been practising the virtue of Peacefulness.

After the holidays, we will be looking at the virtue of kindness. Kindness is being friendly, generous and considerate towards others. By practising kindness, you simply smile at someone, give your friend a compliment or hold the door open. It is that easy.

''No act of kindness, however small, is every wasted''

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Some great ideas for the holidays...

The Learning journey is a collaboration between teachers and parents and we know the interest you take in your child’s work.

As we progress through the unit of A to B, it would be fantastic if you can help to build the children's knowledge and understanding by discussing the work they are engaged in at school. As this is a 6 week unit it will continue after the half term. To help scaffold your child's learning over the break we will suggest some simple activities you can do involving observations of the modes of transport you take over the holidays

1. Learning about the history, technology and geography related to transport.

2. Explore and take note of the different transportation you take on the weekends.

3. Have a look at your surroundings and the modes of transport taken in and around your area e.g. boats along the river, bicycles to McRitchie, New MRT stations along the Bukit Timah Road and so on.

4. Think about different forms of transport in your home country. The way you travelled to school as a child, visited relatives or went on outings as a child in your home country.

5. Discuss modes of transport that grandparents may have used when they were young.

As always the children love having their parents involved in the learning journey. We are keen to hear from you if you have any area of experience that may lend itself to this unit. Please get in touch with your classroom teacher. Also, if you have pictures of information you would like to share, please send it to schools with your child.

Swimming starts!

Just a reminder that swimming will start on the first week back after the holidays. Please ensure that your child brings in their swim suit the day before their lesson so we are all ready and prepared!

They are really looking forward to this!

Your Prep2 Teaching Team

Ms Symons and Ms Alice

Miss Solanki and Ms May Leng

Mrs Joplin and Ms Grace

Head of Early Years, Louise Agar